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24 May 2017 description

FATA - The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its first cash-based assistance for secondary school girls in Pakistan and is using biometric attendance data for the first time as part of its support to the FATA Secretariat education programme.

About 15,000 female students in 179 middle and high schools in 7 FATA Agencies and the Frontier Regions will take part in the innovative programme. Girls who attend at least 80 percent of classes each month will receive a cash grant of PKR 1000 (just under US$10).

24 May 2017 description

Razeshta Sethna

HINA Shahnawaz was 27-year-old when she was murdered in Kohat in February 2017. Working for a non-governmental organisation in Islamabad, she was her family’s sole breadwinner.

Educated and with a promising career trajectory, hers was an extraordinary achievement for an unmarried tribal woman — so extraordinary that it evoked the anger of her semi-educated male cousin.

When she refused his marriage proposal, he shot her in the heart in her own home because, according to rewaj (tribal custom), she was a blot on his clan’s honour.

22 May 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

Over half a million people have fled North Waziristan following military action in the area. Thousands of families fled with what few possessions they could carry and are now displaced, without food, water or shelter.

In an interview with Australia’s SBS World News Radio, Islamic Relief Pakistan’s Haseeb Khalid talked of the difficulties internally displaced people (IDPs) are facing.

21 May 2017 description

FAIZ MUHAMMADUPDATED

CHARSADDA: In a series of attacks, assailants threw grenades at a school and planted explosive devices in four homes of Shabqadar tehsil, wounding at least 14 people on Friday night, said police.

Police officials said explosive devices planted in the Mosal Koroona area of Saro police station division blew off at night, leaving at least 11 people injured. The explosion created panic in the area.

Security forces and personnel of paramilitary Swat Scouts rushed to the spot after the incident and shifted the injured to a hospital.

20 May 2017 description

SYED ALI SHAH

As part of the ongoing reconciliation process, 26 militants belonging to various outlawed militant groups surrendered their weapons to authorities in Balochistan's Khuzdar district on Friday.

“More militants will surrender before the authorities in the days to come," Balochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar had said on April 21, when 434 militants submitted their weapons and surrendered to the authorities.

19 May 2017 description

The situation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) is reportedly returning to normalcy as the internally displaced persons are returning to their homes and peace has prevailed, but life remains difficult for them due to the lack of basic facilities.

According to the NWA General Officer Commanding Maj Gen Hassan Azhar Hayat, who hosted journalists for a briefing on the area's overall situation on Thursday, all no-go areas have been cleared by the Army and 80 per cent of the people displaced from the areas have now been resettled.

18 May 2017 description
  • The World Health Assembly (WHA) is meeting next week in Geneva, Switzerland. Ministers of Health and public health professionals from around the world will convene to discuss global public health issues, including the global drive to eradicate polio. Delegates are anticipated to review current status against each of the four objectives of the Polio Endgame Plan, including reviewing a report requested by the Executive Board (EB) in January 2017 on issues related to transition planning.

17 May 2017 description

PESHAWAR – The UN Refugee Agency on Wednesday handed over 4,000 tents, 8,000 plastic sheets and 4,000 core relief item kits to FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) aimed at supporting the government’s efforts to facilitate returns to South Waziristan and North Waziristan Agencies.

Most of Pakistan’s internally displaced people have returned to their homes in the tribal areas while some 49,000 families await their return.

17 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The Pakistani government is increasingly clamping down on internet dissent at the expense of fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately end abusive state monitoring of internet activity, prosecute those committing violence on the basis of internet blasphemy allegations, and commit to upholding free expression for all.

16 May 2017 description

PESHAWAR, 16 May, 2017: The closing ceremony of training of the first batch of trainees of Skills Development Program (SDP) initiated under the United Nations’ Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme was held at Peshawar University on Tuesday.

The Chief Commissioner Afghan Refugees, Dr. Imran Zeb distributed certificates & toolkits among the leading trainees of all Institutes which implemented the SDP training.

14 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

May 13, 2017 4:10 PM
Madeeha Anwar

Thousands of displaced Pashtu tribesmen in northwestern Pakistan have asked the government to ensure their return to their homes before the Muslim holy period of Ramadan begins this month.

About 2,400 tribal families from the Dande Darpakhel village in North Waziristan, which is part of a semiautonomous tribal region known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), are living in temporary shelters with inadequate facilities.

12 May 2017 description
report IRIN

Nadia Naviwala
PEHLWAN/PAKISTAN, 12 May 2017

In the village of Pehlwan, in the mountains of northern Pakistan, two schools have been under construction for more than a decade since being destroyed by an earthquake. They both still lack roofs.

“There's no place for students and teachers to sit. We can teach on warm days, but not when it rains,” said Hussain Shah, a teacher. “By November, we get snow. Until April, even May, it's freezing.”

12 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

May 12, 2017 10:39 AM
Ayaz Gul

A suicide bomber has struck a convoy of an Islamic party in Baluchistan, in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 40 others. Most of the victims were activists with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), a religion-based political party.

Police say Friday's attack occurred in the town of Mastung, about 50 kilometers from the provincial capital of Quetta. The blast apparently was targeted at Abdul Ghaforr Haideri, the deputy Chairman of the Pakistani Senate, the upper house of parliament.

12 May 2017 description

LAHORE - In a last push to eradicate virus, Punjab is piloting a mobile application in seven districts of the province to identify and vaccinate children possibly missed in polio immunisation drives.

The mobile application has been developed by the Punjab Information Technology Board with the technical input of the Emergency Operations Centre.

The application, downloaded in a smart phone, has been given to the polio eradication teams in selected union councils of Lahore, Rawalpindi and five South Punjab districts.

12 May 2017 description

SYED ALI SHAH

Measles has claimed the lives of at least eight children in Balochistan’s Killa Abdullah district during the past week.

At least 40 other children are suffering from the disease in the Killi Habibzai and Machka area of the district, said Secretary Health Balochistan Asmatullah Kakar.

Emergency has been declared in the affected villages and anti-measles teams were dispatched to vaccinate the affected children, said the health secretary.

"Over 180 children have been vaccinated by our teams,” added Kakar.

11 May 2017 description
  • A major global polio event will be held this June at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta. Find out more.

  • Pakistan’s polio surveillance network provides a silent force behind eradication efforts. Read more.

11 May 2017 description

PESHAWAR: The internally displaced persons of North Waziristan Agency on Tuesday warned that they would march on Islamabad after three days if the authorities didn’t ensure their repatriation.

The warning was issued by the members of Dandi Darpakhel tribe, including students, after they set up a protest camp outside the Peshawar Press Club.

The participants shouted slogans for the early rehabilitation of IDPs.

11 May 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Wheat production in 2017 to decrease marginally from last year’s bumper level

  • Rice exports in 2017 forecast to decrease from last year’s high level but remain above-average

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour declined in April with new harvest

  • Localized food insecurity persists

Wheat production in 2017 to decrease marginally from last year’s bumper level

06 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

ISLAMABAD — Border clashes between Pakistan and Afghanistan killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 80 others Friday in a disputed area, officials said.

A Pakistan army spokesman said the fighting erupted after Afghan forces fired at a government census team near the southwestern border town of Chaman.

Army spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor said several Pakistani soldiers escorting civilian enumerators were among the wounded. He added that Pakistani troops returned fire and closed the busy Chaman border crossing with Afghanistan.

05 May 2017 description

Hasan Mansoor

KARACHI: A nine-member team of World Health Organisation experts on Thursday recommended to the government to take ‘radical’ measures to safeguard the city from increasing incidence of chikungunya.

The WHO team comprising epidemiologists, entomologists and observers exchanged their findings with Sindh health ministry officials after completing their three-day mission during which they visited Orangi, Korangi, Lyari, Bin Qasim and Malir — the disease-infested towns in five of the six city districts.